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Epiphany House Blessings

“May Christ Bless this House.” This inscription has been used for centuries to mark, bless, and sanctify a house or other dwelling during Epiphany. In 2020, Fr. Chris and Fr. Bryan would love to visit you and those you love at your home as a celebratory way of welcoming Christ among us this Epiphany season. Check the house blessing calendar for availability, then contact Fr. Chris to schedule a visit: frchris@stlukesbr.org or (225) 888-0164.

Christmas Services

Make plans to join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. All are welcome! On Christmas Eve, we'll offer two services - 3 pm and 5:30 pm - and the nursery will be open. The 3 pm service will be extra family-friendly, while the 5:30 pm Solemn Eucharist service will feature incense. For either service, come early to get a seat and sing Christmas carols with the choir. On Christmas morning, we'll worship at 10 am. We look forward to greeting you this Christmas, and please bring your family and friends!

Jan. 5: Epiphany Pageant

Make plans to attend the 9 am service on January 5, when the children will present a very sweet Epiphany Pageant. Our Children's Ministry team will hold "rehearsals" during Children's Church on December 29 (during the 10:30 am service). We hope your little ones will participate! A king cake reception will take place in Pope Hall at 10 am on January 5, too. All are welcome! Epiphany officially begins on January 6.

Jan. 6: Good Book Club

Join thousands of Episcopalians for The Good Book Club this year. During the season of Epiphany, beginning January 6, daily readings will take particpants through the Gospel of John. It's an opportunity to dive deeply into scripture and create a daily practice of engagement with God's Word. Visit www.goodbookclub.org to find the reading calendar and other resources.

Note from the Rector: Email Scams

I'm writing to alert you to the fact that - once again - someone has set up a Gmail account in my name using my photo to try and scam staff and church members. I also note that someone pretending to be me recently texted church members with requests for cash and/or gift cards. Please be assured that I will never ask for money, gift cards, or urgent assistance by email or text message. The key is to not reply to these emails. Delete them upon receipt. From our friends at St. James, who are experiencing similar shenanigans: Delete scam emails immediately. Trust your gut! The church staff does not send out emails asking for immediate replies or for money (wires/gift card numbers/credit card inf

Dec. 22: Longest Night Service

The St. Luke’s Episcopal Church community invites all greater Baton Rouge area residents to attend “Longest Night,” a special service of remembrance and healing on Sunday, December 22. Coinciding with the winter solstice, the annual “Longest Night” service is designed to honor and recognize “a loss of some sort, whether it’s a person, a dream, no matter the cause,” notes Becky Williams, pastoral care facilitator for St. Luke’s. “The service is a service of hope, and acknowledging that this can be a time of losses coming to the surface, as not everyone has the ‘Norman Rockwell’ type of celebration,” continues Williams. Open to anyone in the community, the “Longest Night” service will begin at

Christmas Outreach Ministry

Our annual Christmas Outreach Ministry is a partnership with Volunteers of America to provide Christmas gifts to individuals in need. VOA has provided us with specific gift requests which can be found in the church foyer. Please claim a Christmas Angel card then shop for someone in need! The wrapped gifts—with outreach cards attached by tape—are due to the church office on December 18. Thank you for participating! Questions? Contact Deacon Reese: reese@stlukesbr.org.

Dec. 8: The Art of Advent

We're trying something new this year during the Advent season! Join us at 10 am on Sunday, December 8, to draw inspiration from accomplished artist John August Swanson, then create your own Advent art. Designed for adults and children, this event promises to be a meaningful reflection on the beauty and mystery of God’s incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth.

ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

8833 Goodwood Boulevard

Baton Rouge, LA  70806

(225) 926-5343

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